Eddie FigueroaPhysiotherapy Assistant at TAFE
Originally from Puerto Rico, Eddie began his career in the US as a Collegiate, then Professional Baseball player with the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club. It was during this time that he met his future wife Emily, an Aussie, while living in Knoxville, Tennessee. After they married he moved to Australia and soon found work at the Australian Sports Commission. After eight years working in sport, he moved into the non-profit sector to become a Marketing Specialist at Compassion in Newcastle. He continued his studies and graduated with a Masters in Business Administration in 2016. A year later, out of the blue, Eduardo suffered a massive brain haemorrhage, a stroke, which left him with aphasia. Aphasia is a language disorder that affects a person’s ability to communicate. He spent 3 months in hospital and the next 3 years in rehab, supported through the NDIS, for his speech and executive functioning issues. Last year Eduardo began studies at TAFE to re-train and become a Physiotherapy Assistant. But in January this year, Eduardo suffered another series of strokes, more brain surgery and a set back on his stroke rehabilitation journey.
However, none of these set backs have slowed him down. Since 2018, Eduardo began participating in The Stroke Foundation’s Annual fundraiser, Stride 4 Stroke, and so far has raised over $7,500 for the foundation. In 2019, he ran the Sydney Half Marathon and the Fernleigh 15 and this year is in training for the Lake Mac 10.5km Road Race. He has volunteered at Rankin Park’s Stroke Unit, The Hunter Brain Injury Service and One Community. He is active in his local church and next month will start back at TAFE. But his favourite role by far is that of family man, and being a father to his two teenage children.